Rinse Away Dry, Cracked Skin with This Stellar Face Mask

Credit: Little Barn Apothecary

Your skin is dry. You’re not sure how it got there (those long runs in the blaring sun probably didn’t help), but here you are. Sure, drug store swag makes sweeping promises and offers an enticingly low price tag. But, many are also filled with drying agents like alcohol, parabens, and other crap you probably don’t want to slather on your skin.

So next time your skin cries out, reach for Little Barn Apothecary’s Calendula + Lycopene Hydration Mask. It’s $50 well spent, and a small price to pay for sweet relief. A little goes a long way and while the branding of the all-natural, wild-harvested, organic skincare line may seem a touch hippie, it only takes a few weeks before you realize its fanfare is sure as hell merited.

First, papaya enzymes with lycopene extracted from a tomato (lycopene is the antioxidant that researchers believe may ward off cancer and heart disease) work to revitalize dry skin cells. The company also claims the mask reduces signs of ages and that the formula’s organic calendula (an anti-inflammatory herb) calms an aggravated complexion.

To use, cover your clean face with a thin layer of the stuff and wait around 15 minutes before rinsing off. If you really feel like being fancy, there’s the Eucalyptus + Yuzu Aftershave Tonic, an astringent that works as well after shaving as it does post-cleansing. The ingredient list boasts witch hazel, a prize for tightening up your pores and a potent antiseptic. A handcrafted eucalyptus extract also helps hydrate. And then there’s yuzu, which you may associate with fancy vinaigrettes, but allegedly can lift your mood. An elevated disposition or not, at $14 it’s a real steal considering you only need a quick mist of the stuff.